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The Decade’s Most Challenged & Banned Books: Today In Books

The Decade’s Most Challenged & Banned Books

The American Library Association created Banned Books week in 1982 in response to book challenges surging in schools, libraries, and bookstores. The week is intended to support free and open access to information and to celebrate the freedom to read. With a focus on literary censorship, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom has released a list of the 100 most challenged and banned books of the last decade.

Rare Pre-Columbian Manuscript Now Digital

You can now see one of only a handful of pre-Columbian manuscripts in existence, the Codex Zouche-Nuttall, which is a two-narrative pictographic folding manuscript completed in 1556 thanks to a scanned 1902 facsimile edition. “One side of the document relates the history of important centres in the Mixtec region, while the other, starting at the opposite end, records the genealogy, marriages and political and military feats of the Mixtec ruler, Eight Deer Jaguar-Claw.”

Phoebe Robinson’s Imprint Will Pub These Books First

Author, comedian, and podcaster (to name a few) Phoebe Robinson announced her new imprint with Dutton/Plume, Tiny Reparations Books, earlier this year. Now we have details on the first two books the imprint will release: nonfiction essay collection Rage: The Evolution of a Black Queer Body in America by Lester Fabian Braithwaite, and debut novel What the Fireflies Knew by Kai Harris.

8 Books That Highlight How Broken the U.S. Criminal Justice System Is

These books about the broken US criminal justice system educate on why the system operates the way it does and what can be done to change it.